Successful start to the 2013 season for Team Jeep South Africa

Team Jeep South Africa kicked off the 2013 season with a strong showing in last weekend’s racing at The Cycle Fest, held from 11-13 January.  In a weekend full of racing, emulating the famous Sea Otter Classic in the United States, the Team Jeep athletes showed their diversity with excellent results in the various mountain bike events that took place over the three days of the festival at Cascades Mountain…

January 28, 2013
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Everyone can win at cycle tour

As the total prize purse for The Herald VW Cycle Tour surpasses the R400 000 mark, participants in next weekend’s event will walk away with more than smiles on their faces. Officially the Eastern Cape’s richest race, the cycle tour kicks off with the mountain bike events in Addo on the Saturday and culminates with the road races in Port Elizabeth on the Sunday. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood,…

January 28, 2013
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Doping crushed my boyhood dream, says Lange

South African cycling legend, Malcolm Lange, has confirmed that his career path was severely curbed by the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in the professional peloton during his racing career. The 39-year-old Lange, who retired from professional road racing in 2011 after a full-time racing career that spanned two decades, says he’s not surprised by the recent USADA revelations of widespread systematic doping and subsequent public confession by Lance…

January 28, 2013
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Bay set for family cycling festival

Organisers of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have promised to deliver yet another action-packed, family-oriented festival of cycling and entertainment when the 28th edition of the event rolls out in Nelson Mandela Bay from February 1 to 3. The programme starts on the Friday with an all-day expo and registration (9am to 9pm) on the exhibition level of The Boardwalk International Convention Centre opposite Hobie Beach. Then, on the Saturday…

January 28, 2013
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Sauser dedicates Attakwas Extreme Challenge win to Stander

Motivated by the memory of his good friend, the late Burry Stander, Swiss multiple mountain bike racing world champion, Christoph Sauser, came back from two punctures to win the Attakwas Extreme Challenge in Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province on Saturday. Sauser (36ONE-Songo-Specialized) competed as Stander’s teammate for the past four editions the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, the last two of which they won. On Saturday…

January 28, 2013
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Cycle tour takes short detour

Organisers of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have made a minor adjustment to the 106km Classic route, following a request from the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which runs the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. South Africa’s second oldest national classic, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on February 3, is an official premier seeding event of the Cycle Tour. As such, race director Tony Cooney said they…

January 28, 2013
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Stellar start list for Attakwas Extreme Challenge

There will be no easing into 2013 for South Africa’s top mountain bike marathon racers. The Attakwas Extreme Challenge in Oudtshoorn is regarded by most as the toughest single-day marathon race in the country and on Saturday, the seventh edition will guarantee another brutal season-opening test. It’s unlikely any of the Attakwas Extreme Challenge entrants will have felt comfortable resting on Christmas Day. Indeed, most probably trained. The formidable 121km…

January 28, 2013
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Cycle tour gets medical attention

Longstanding partners Life Healthcare and Gardmed Ambulance Service have reconfirmed their commitment to providing full medical support for The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Addo and Port Elizabeth on February 2 and 3. Life St George’s hospital manager André Bothma said the group was once again proud to be associated with the event. “We have an excellent working relationship with Gardmed and participants can rest assured that they will receive…

January 28, 2013
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Entries virtually streaming in for cycle tour

Online entries are virtually streaming in for the first national classic of the year as prospective entrants rush to make the deadline for The Herald VW Cycle Tour, which is just less than week away. The mountain bike and road races will take place in Addo and Port Elizabeth on February 2 and 3. Justin Peel, The Herald’s chief marketing officer, said the response had been excellent, with twice the…

January 28, 2013
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Tour adds new endurance race for kids

Due to the demand from budding cyclists, The Herald VW Cycle Tour has introduced an “endurance” challenge for children called the Powerade 10km Sprint. Aimed at the 10 to 12 year age group, the latest addition to the Powerade-sponsored family road events effectively bridges the gap between the 21km Leisure Ride on the one side and the 2km Kiddies’ Ride and 500m Toddlers’ Dash on the other. According to event…

January 28, 2013
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